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Stapleford man bit girlfriend in Nottingham pub

24th December 2014 Nottingham Evening Post Tags: 0 Comments

Drunken Thomas Nelson grabbed his ex-partner by the throat and bit her hand in Nottingham’s Tap and Tumbler pub, a court heard.

The 26-year-old, of Cambridge Crescent, Stapleford, pleaded guilty to assaulting her and sending an offensive message about going back to her house.

On December 23, District Judge Leo Pyle banned Nelson from contacting her by a five-year restraining order and gave him a 12-month community order.

And he ordered there be no contact with the woman, including by social media, or through her parents or to go to her West Bridgford address.

“The restraining order is made as a result of your conviction,” said Judge Pyle at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

Nelson was told to pay his ex-partner £75 compensation as well as costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.

He must attend 12 sessions to address domestic violence and do 50 hours of unpaid work.

The sentence was finalised after Nelson attacked his ex-girlfriend when he was drunk

in the smoking area at the Wollaton Street bar on June 24.

Prosecutor Rod Chapman said both of them had a large amount to drink.

“The complainant says that suddenly the defendant grabbed her by the throat.

“She tried to push his hand away and, as a result, he bit her hand causing pain and reddening.

“She reported it to bar staff and he was removed from the bar. She left and reported the matter to the police.”

Then he sent her the offensive message as she was calming down, the court heard.

Officers went to her home and found Nelson in the back garden and he was arrested.

He admitted he had been intoxicated and had become irritated with her.

He left the pub when told to do so and he went to her house where he was staying.

Theo Addae, mitigating, said Nelson had moved on.

Mr Addae stressed what happened had been “completely out of character”, there had been no previous incident in the relationship and he had no convictions.

“At the time of the incident he was residing with the complainant,” he explained.

“He informed her the relationship was over. There was an argument.”

His client’s initial recollection of the incident was “poor”, he added, but Nelson had since realised that he could not dispute what she was saying about it.”

By Rebecca Sherdley, Nottingham Post

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